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Amir Sadollah Out, Matt Riddle In Against Jorge Lopez at UFC 143

Days after an illness forced him off UFC 141 this past Friday, Matt Riddle has replaced an injured Amir Sadollah and will face Jorge Lopez at UFC 143 on February 3 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced today.

Riddle (5-3), a castmember on The Ultimate Fighter 7, is looking to rebound from consecutive losses to Sean Pierson and Lance Benoist after winning 5 of his first 6 UFC fights. Lopez (11-2), a protege of Wanderlei Silva, fell to Justin Edwards in his Octagon debut in September to snap a 10-fight win streak.

Sadollah hasn’t fought since an August loss to Duane “Bang” Ludwig, which dropped The Ultimate Fighter 7 winner to 5-3 in the UFC.

Meanwhile, bantamweight contender Dustin Poirier remains without an opponent for UFC 143 after Erik Koch withdrew from the matchup two weeks ago.

UFC 143 is headlined by an interim welterweight title fight between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz and also includesJosh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce and Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum.

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Pictured: Matt Riddle


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